BRONX, N.Y. – The Dartmouth men’s cross country team claimed third at the 2016 NCAA Northeast Regional at Van Cortlandt Park Friday afternoon.
The Big Green posted 108 points, one more than national power Providence in fourth place. That should help Dartmouth when at-large teams are announced for next week’s field at the NCAA Championship in Indiana. In a remarkably tight grouping, Columbia was only four points back in fifth, posting 112.
Helping the Green and White to their place in the standings was a contingent of four individuals who posted top-25 finishes and thus earned all-regional accolades.
Leading the way for the Green and White was senior Daniel Salas in 12th with a time of 30:48 on the longer-than-usual 10K course.
Seniors Connor Clark (19th, 31:11), Matt Herzig (20th, 31:12) and Nat Adams (21st, 31:14) were the next three finishers for Dartmouth, capping the all-region performances and solidifying the Big Green’s big day.
Rounding out the scoring and helping his team to a third-place showing was junior Kyle Dotterrer in 37th (36 points) with a 21:34 to his credit.
“Our seniors really came through for us today,” head coach Barry Harwick ’77 said. “This was our best race of the season as a team. These guys really deserve a trip to the NCAA's.
“I'm very optimistic but I'll be nervous until Sunday,” Harwick added.
Syracuse (29) and Iona (65) were dominant as expected and locked up the region’s two automatic bids to nationals in Terre Haute.
Check back with DartmouthSports.com this weekend as the at-large bids to fill in the field next weekend are announced.